‘No deal, Mr. Obama’
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The Feb. 25 healthcare summit proved to be a waste of time for Democrats who likely hoped the Republican candor would crumble with some eight million viewers watching (at least for a few moments) part of the seven-and-a-half- hour ordeal on TV.
It is impossible to meet in the middle for a true “compromise” if Democrats continue to snub certain points Republicans cannot give up for the sake of the American people.
According to a Scott Rasmussen poll, 85 percent of Americans currently have health insurance. Of those surveyed, 80 percent said their insurance coverage is “good or excellent.”
Number 1: Increased cost
Government-run healthcare would, in fact, raise premiums for those individually insured, raise taxes and force employer-based insurance to switch to the government plan to save on the sure-tosky rocket free market plans.
Number 2: Decreased quality
Government-run healthcare would not improve the quality of life for the uninsured as the Democrats are promising because the plan would force doctors to accept lower pay, leaving many hospitals forced to fire staff and limit the availability of care.
Number 3: Rampant dishonesty
Nothing from the government is free. Government-run healthcare would put bureaucrats in charge, and they’re not even sure they trust themselves.
Not even all the Democrats are convinced. And yet they’re filling their own states’ pockets with money (no doubt a tactic for re-election). Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) obtained a $300 million increase in Medicaid funding for her home state Louisiana, some say for agreeing to vote for the bill.
Arizona Sen. John McCain said, “Passage of this bill is an indication of the Chicagostyle sleazy sausage-making that’s been going on around here.”
It wasn’t good government; it was bad TV according to many national leaders who endured the hours on end brawls over the healthcare bill. The “summit,” affectionately named like it was a high level meeting that would end with Democratic results and handshakes, turned out to be a close one, given to Republicans – even according to mainstream liberalized news organizations.
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin said, “We do need to reform much of our health care that we have in America.
But (Republicans) were able to articulate that, whereas the Democrats, the president, it was just more of the same old, same old, and it was a whole lot of lecturing again.”
There were no doubt times of arguing similar to that of an angry parent and a defiant teen. One of the most notable squabbles was the spat between McCain and Obama. McCain accused the president of not being as transparent as his campaign had claimed the government would become, saying the healthcare bill wasn’t either.
“Let me just make this point, John, because we’re not campaigning anymore,” Obama said. “The election’s over.”
And while Obama claims a family’s insurance rates would decrease 14 to 20 percent, it is undeniable the bill would increase costs for those who are independently insured.
But the president told Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee that he was “flat out wrong” when Alexander said that under the current bill, individual premiums would increase between 10 to 13 percent.
Obama tried to assure Americans that coverage for families would decrease, and that individual premiums (college kids like you and me) would be relieved of our “bad” coverage for “better” from the government.
RedState.com’s Erick Erickson said, “If nothing else, today shows the American public that the Republicans have a better agenda, better ideas, and are willing to stand up and oppose a reckless scheme that will increase health care costs.”
But President Obama still claims the people of this nation (which has survived and thrived on a free market) “are waiting for us to act.”
Another Rasmussen poll found that 60 percent of Americans do not want taxes to be raised to fund the bill. Obama begged Congress in the East Room of the White House at a “final” speech to pass the bill March 3.
“And so I ask Congress to fi nish its work, and I look forward to signing this reform into law,” Obama said. “Let’s get it done.”